My Favorite Inspiring Quotes
Commentary by Peter Shepherd
That freedom is within us, and it is based on mindfulness. As Jeffrey Borenstein said, "Freedom is that instant between when someone tells you to do something and when you decide how to respond."
JC. Wright Mills explains what this responsibility entails: "Freedom is not merely the opportunity to do as one pleases; neither is it merely the opportunity to choose between set alternatives. Freedom is, first of all, the chance to formulate the available choices, to argue over them - and then, the opportunity to choose." And Thucydide goes further: "The secret of happiness is freedom. The secret of freedom is courage." Freedom lies in being bold, being yourself.
It is our essence and as such it is so precious. As Moshe Dayan said, "Freedom is the oxygen of the soul."
As Viktor Frankl said, "Everything can be taken from a man but one thing; the last of the human freedoms - to choose one's attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way."
Here’s some further reading on this theme...
Failure to decide what you want and how you'll get it leads to a life of restless frustration. Sometimes, it's a sense of having "missed the boat" or "not knowing." For others, it can be a painful sense that "this is not the life I imagined for myself." Some people struggle with depression because they've never figured out what they want or an effective strategy for getting it. Continues...